We are excited to announce that we have been offered the opportunity to offer classes on Joint Base Anacostia Bolling in Washington D.C. We consider it a great honor to be able to support the men, women and their families who sacrifice so much in the defense of our great nation. Classes will be held every Monday and Wednesday at 6:30 pm in the Aerobics Center. If you are interested in training click on the "Contact Us" tab above and send us a message.
Over 25 years ago I was sitting in a classroom in junior high school, when one of my friends mentioned that there was a martial arts class in town. We were both excited and managed to somehow talk our parents into letting us try it out. To be honest, I don't remember my first class but I remember my instructors, fellow students, and the dojo. They never seem to age in my mind, but such is the way with great memories.
Class was held once a week, you paid for 3 months at a time, and spent a lot of time practicing on your own. I really owe a lot of credit to my mom at this point. My father died when I was young and as a single mother she made a lot of sacrifices on my behalf. My first class in logistics was mom getting me to class, on time, making sure the class was paid for, and never a complaint. I helped pay for classes by working at my grandfathers business and delivering a local area newspaper. Over time, I was able to drive myself and started attending class other days in a town farther away in order to train more often during the week.
The years passed by and I grew into a young man, earned my first black belt, and joined the United States Army. I found myself searching for a school that met my needs. I was hungry for knowledge and something different. It was here that I met my current instructor and mentor Hanshi Balfour Wright. One of the guys that I went through basic training with that saw the flyer and mentioned it to me. I watched a class and instantly knew that I had found what I was looking for. We trained in the unit "War Room". The dojo rules were simple, "Everyone works, Nothing is Free, and All Start at the Bottom". It was here that I made friendships that have passed the test of time. I trained, sweat, and occasionally bled alongside some great karate-ka. The picture to the left depicts Kyoshi Sam Carlson and myself the day we earned our black belts in Goju Ryu.
Last year, I traveled to our organizations annual training camp, to train alongside the same people that I had trained with almost 20 years ago. Martial arts training is a lifelong journey. I have traveled around the world and trained with people who have become life long friends. I look forward to sharing this experience every day...
Keep on Punching...!
Welcome to our Blog page! Over the next few weeks I will begin posting and sharing my experiences. Some will be about events, articles and discussions while others will be simply be random observations throughout the course of training. The categories on the right will grow with time and will contain numerous articles and insights. I look forward to connecting with with everyone and sharing in this journey we call the martial way...
Keep on Punching...Oss..!